Autumn term 2020-21

This student handbook is designed to assist you as enter the Physics Department at Imperial College as taught masters student. It contains some important information about rules, regulations and services and links to key areas of our website; including the structure of how our courses will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). This ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Physics will not be able to offer all of its services as stated in the Student Handbook. For example, there will be fewer staff in the Blackett Laboratory with the others working remotely and some rooms might be closed off to students. To ensure each programme of study can be delivered safely, we'll be making some changes to our courses for 2020-21. Read about the changes to our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, and to MRes and PhD courses.

College has produced a Covid-19 Code of Conduct and Covid-19 Guidance for Students. The Physics Department advise all students to make themselves familiar with this information.

Find out more about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus on our COVID-19 pages for current students and offer holders.

Overview of PG study in the department
Overview of PG study at the Silwood Park Campus

Useful links

The Department of Life Sciences embraces the full breadth of modern life science activity and comprises one of the largest life science groups in Europe.

The Department has an outstanding international reputation for research, being home to several major research centres and with the majority of research being graded as world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

As a recognised centre of excellence in both training and research, we receive one of the highest levels of funding in the country. This enables us to support a large number of research groups with a diversity of research interests.


The Department has a range of well equipped facilities including laboratories, workshops, computing systems and field projects.

Special features available to Imperial life scientists include sophisticated equipment for biological mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance studies and protein crystallography.

We have outstanding facilities for genomic and cell biology studies, and some of the most modern electron microscopes, as well as tissue culture suites, sophisticated controlled environment facilities and extensive field sites.

Teaching takes place in our modern lecture theatres and teaching laboratories.

Study opportunities

The Department offers a number of study options to help you take your knowledge to the next level. If you are interested in Doctoral study, it’s important to gain support for your application from your potential supervisor before making a formal application to the College.